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Progressive Democrats: Bipartisan Infrastructure Package Poised to Fail

A scheduled House of Representatives vote on Sept. 30 on a bipartisan infrastructure package that the Senate passed in August is poised to fail despite Democrats’ control of both chambers. Democrats who describe themselves as progressive oppose approving the measure unless there’s a vote first that approves a $3.5 trillion budget package. Since that hasn’t happened, they say there aren’t enough votes for the infrastructure legislation. “Right now, it doesn’t look like it,” Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.), deputy whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said during a Sept. 29 appearance on MSNBC. The progressive bloc has 96 members. Democrats control both the House and the Senate but have slim majorities in each, and House Republicans are being directed to vote against the bill, giving leverage to the bloc. A majority of members will only vote for the infrastructure bill if the budget package is approved first, the caucus stated after a …

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